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IMPRESS welcomes new guidance on media reporting of terror attacks

 

IMPRESS welcomes guidance published today by Survivors Against Terror (SAT) which calls on news organisations to adopt new reporting measures to protect terrorism survivors.

Ed Procter, CEO of IMPRESS said: ‘Our Standards Code seeks to protect the public from press intrusion during times of grief and trauma and encourages the responsible reporting of sensitive public issues, including terror attacks.

We welcome this new report and will consider its recommendations for how newsrooms and journalists should appropriately engage with terrorism survivors and the bereaved as part of our ongoing Code Review.”

IMPRESS has been one of a number of organisations to provide feedback on initial drafts of the SAT network’s guidance, which is based on the testimony of more than 100 individuals directly impacted by terrorism.

 

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IMPRESS regulates 190+ publications in the UK, reaching over 16 million readers in the UK each month. We provide publishers and journalists with the protection and support they need to do their job. We offer complaints adjudication, free arbitration, a comprehensive insurance scheme and a progressive Standards Code. We work in partnership with the public, publishers and key stakeholders to raise the standards of journalism.

The IMPRESS Code Review 2020-2022 is an ongoing process to ensure that the rules by which we regulate news publishers in the UK remain fit for purpose for the future of journalism. IMPRESS is actively engaging with organisations, stakeholders and readers on press standards as part of this process.

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